I had a post ready to publish about the Cherokee legend of the fighting wolves within us.
Then I deleted it. Even though the wolf I feed is holding a glass of champagne, the writing didn’t ring true.
Instead of quitting for the day and promising myself I’d write tomorrow, I watched AJ Jacobs’ talk on the importance of self-delusion in the creative process. I’m grateful for the quote he shared within the first few minutes of the video. He said:
A.K.A. Fake it 'till you make it.
This talk opened me up to the possibility of really, really, really great things! Not feeling like writing today? Act the way a writer would act- just start writing. Afraid of giving public presentations? What would Ryan Seacrest do? Think about how professionals in your field would act themselves, and your body will follow. Do you fake smiles when you’re having a rough day? Did you notice yourself smiling genuinely later in the day? Like Fuller and Jacobs suggest, there is a strong bond between mental attitude and physical capability.
Reframe the way you look at a situation and you’ll see all sorts of possibility. Now- I’m not talking about dishonesty; let’s have some integrity, people! I’m talking about noticing how green the grass is right where you’re standing. Remember my challenge a few weeks ago? Try to reframe your thoughts to work in your favor.
When I’m working with tight deadlines I’ll treat it as practice for the days when I’m writing for Tribeza. Talking with difficult people becomes an act of compassion and patience for me, as well as a reminder to be nice. And the tiny tedious tasks become the stepping-stones I need to reach an audacious goal.
Jacobs closes his talk with this: “To make miracles happen you just have to dive in.”
I so want to know what you’re diving into.